We interviewed Land star Demian Bichir on how to play his character Miguel, work with director Robin Wright, and much more.
EarthRobin Wright’s film directorial debut follows a grieving widow who connects with a stranger named Miguel (Demian Bichir) in the relative isolation of the Wyoming mountains. On February 12, the film has a lot to say about the collective tragedy that society has experienced over the past year.
Bichir spoke with Screen Rant about getting into Miguel’s character and collaborating with Wright as a director and stage partner.
The chemistry between you and Robin is amazing, but the characters and the story are there and they are successful on all scales. Miguel is such a complex character; it is very contained and chooses words wisely, but you can feel the emotion that it exudes. Can you tell me about the challenges of bringing Miguel to life?
Demian Bichir: First of all: boy, we’re happy you said that, you know, because that’s exactly what we wanted. If everyone understands it like that, then that is when you succeed in the plan.
And I couldn’t agree more: this character is so complex in different ways. And yes, the contained aspect was one of the things that attracted me, because I had never experienced anything like it. It was a good opportunity for me to explore that, and how frugal he is in words, actions and emotions. At the same time, you can see that there is a world there, an almost boiling volcano and you feel like you want to know more.
I love how Robin attracted the audience; they let everyone in, and then he takes them very easily, little by little. “Be patient and come with me. I will tell you this, and I will show you this, and I will unleash these emotions in you. And then I will fulfill the promises I made during the story; And that is exactly what happens.
I love the script, but I love filming it. And when I saw the result, I was very happy.
It was also one of the most hopeful and resilient human endings I’ve seen in quite some time, which is great. Robin has directed some episodes of House of cards, but this is her first directorial debut in a feature film. You are no stranger to management, so can you tell me about the collaboration process with her?
Demian Bichir: We did a live interview, just chatting, her and me. And actually I asked him, “How was it the first time you directed House of Cards?” And she said, “I don’t remember. I was so nervous that I just blocked it.” It happens almost in a dream; Almost as if this is not real I remember when I filmed my movie, I slept five hours a day, but I never realized that. I didn’t realize it until one day I said, “Wait a second, I sleep four or five hours a day.” And he was so energetic, and he was so ready and happy. No one can stop you.
When he comes in and takes the place of the ship’s driver and captain with such grace, ease, and generosity, it’s exactly the same way heavyweights do. I’ve worked with actors and directors before, like Quentin Tarantino and Chris White and recently with George Clooney, and that’s pretty much a common denominator. This is exactly how they do it; the way Robin did it.
She doesn’t believe in going crazy and being neurotic and yelling and treating people badly or anything like that. He did it with such grace and royalty; She just controls the entire operation very nice and easy, and makes sure to provide everything everyone needs to get you to play your best.
Next: Robin Wright Interview for Land
- Earth (2021)Release date: February 12, 2021
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